GAVI said it welcomed Canada’s US$20 million pledge to accelerate access to measles vaccines, to be invested in GAVI’s measles programme. The pledge is part of Canada’s commitment to the Muskoka Initiative on Maternal, Newborn and Child Health launched by G8 partners at the Muskoka Summit in 2010. The six countries covered under Canada’s support are Afghanistan, Pakistan, Chad, Democratic Republic of Congo, Nigeria and Ethiopia.
“We are very grateful to Canada for its commitment,” said GAVI CEO Dr Seth Berkley. “As a leader of the Muskoka Initiative for Maternal, Newborn, and Child Health, Canada’s support paves the way for the introduction of the combined measles-rubella vaccine that will significantly improve the health of mothers and children.”